To the Editor:

South Dakota Codified Law 13-28-7.1 requires that any student entering school or an early childhood program in the state shall, prior to admission, be required to present to school authorities, certification from a licensed physician that the child has received, or is in the process of receiving, adequate immunization against poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, rubella, mumps, tetanus, meningitis and chicken pox, according to the recommendations of the State Department of Health.

Where is the outrage when it comes to these vaccines? Why don’t parents show up at school board meetings complaining about “freedom” and why their child has to get vaccinated for measles, mumps or chickenpox?

Vaccines are a part of a healthy society, and you should probably add the COVID vaccine to the required list. Your child is already required to receive numerous vaccines in their early years.

It just goes to show that the loud, vocal minority have no idea what they are talking about when it comes to “freedom” and requiring a COVID vaccine when so many other vaccines are already required and we hear nothing about those.

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Certain anti-maskers ran in this summer’s Mitchell Board of Education election and they could barely get 10 percent of the vote in a five person race. People had their chance to put someone who would have voted against a mask mandate on the school board, but decided not to. They are very vocal, but not close to a majority in Mitchell.

Travis Kriens